Section of Dental Anesthesiology

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Kristina Etchison, Division Admin.
(310) 825-3241 |  Email

Dr. Christine Quinn, Chair

The Section of Dental Anesthesiology is charged with supporting the School of Dentistry in the area of acute pain management. In accord with this mission, it offers educational programs and clinical support at the predoctoral, postgraduate, and continuing education levels. Research and clinical activities are focused on anxiety and pain control.

Teaching Programs

  • Predoctoral Programs focuses on pharmacology and dental therapeutics. This course of study prepares the student to: (1) better understand the medical condition of patients by knowing the drugs they are taking; (2) modify dental care in response to medications patients are taking; and (3) use therapeutic agents in dentistry to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases and other conditions within the scope of dental practice. The Section also provides basic instruction in the management of anxiety and pain in dentistry. Local anesthesia and nitrous oxide/oxygen conscious sedation are taught to clinical competency. Finally, faculty of the Section are available throughout the year to assist students with patients who are difficult to anesthetize with standard techniques.


Research interests in the Section of Dental Anesthesiology are concentrated in the area of anxiety and pain control and have a strong clinical emphasis. Current and/or recent projects include the efficacy and safety of new local anesthetics and injection techniques and the safety of intramuscular-intravenous general anesthesia in pediatric dentistry.

Patient Care

Patient care is a primary function of the Section, in part because of its many teaching activities. The Section provides anxiety and pain control services to approximately 1,000 patients per year. More than half of these cases are treated within the realm of the dental anesthesia residency. The remainder includes patients treated by faculty of the UCLA Dental Anesthesia Service {link to clinic page} or by supervised students in the predoctoral dental clinics in Westwood and Venice and in the Children's Dental Center and the Hospital Dentistry Clinic. The Section offers all methods of anesthesia care, up to and including hospital general anesthesia.